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Breastfeeding is more important than you think

Oklahoman Published: February 20, 2013

An estimated 830,000 babies could be saved every year if they were breastfed in the first hour of life, according to a report from Save the Children.

In a column on Huffington Post, Save the Children President Carolyn S. Miles writes that major barriers to breastfeeding include community and cultural pressures, the health worker shortage, lack of maternity legislation and inappropriate marketing of breast-milk substitutes.

In Oklahoma, about 68 percent of women report breastfeeding at some point in their pregnancy.

But as a baby ages, that number decreases.

About 36 percent of mothers in Oklahoma report breastfeeding at 6 months, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At 12 months, about 18 percent of Oklahoma mothers report breastfeeding.

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